DIY Fragrant Firestarters

Do you remember how you learned to make a fire as a child? I remember in girl scouts how to gather wood and build a really nice campfire. One of the keys was to start with kindling and build upon it, with larger sticks, followed by nice sized logs. Sometimes we would make special little firestarters with cardboard egg cartons and wax.

Gather fragrant clipping from your herbs to make wonderful firestarters for your home or as a gift.

I haven’t made a campfire in a long time, but we do have a wood burning fireplace in our home, and my husband made a nice firepit outside, with some recycled bricks. So when I’m trimming the garden I often gather bunches together to use as kindling.

Gather fragrant clipping from your herbs to make wonderful firestarters for your home or as a gift.

If you’re like me you probably have lots of rogue plants that need pruning or maybe you’ve planted mint that’s trying to take over. These are good candidates for fire starters. And though many types of plant material work well but I especially enjoy those whose foliage is fragrant like mint, lavender and sage.

Caution: Do not burn any poisonous plants like poison ivy, poison, poison sumac and oleander. Also, if you are allergic to any plant make sure that you don’t include it in your kindling mix.

Gather fragrant clipping from your herbs to make wonderful firestarters for your home or as a gift.

All you need to do is gather the trimmings and tie them together with some twine. I like to wrap the twine up the bunch and back down, and tied at the bottom, to keep the place material in a nice bundle. You can make them as thick as you want.

Gather fragrant clipping from your herbs to make wonderful firestarters for your home or as a gift.

Let them dried in a warm place with nice air flow. Here are some on my screened in porch.

Gather fragrant clipping from your herbs to make wonderful firestarters for your home or as a gift.

After a few days or a week they should be nice and dry and ready to use.

Gather fragrant clipping from your herbs to make wonderful firestarters for your home or as a gift.

Sometimes its nice to trim them into smaller bundles after they’ve dried.

Gather fragrant clipping from your herbs to make wonderful firestarters for your home or as a gift.

Place them in a nice basket by the fireplace or better yet wrap them up as a gift for a friend.

Gather fragrant clipping from your herbs to make wonderful firestarters for your home or as a gift.

 

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. K Lambert says:

    What a great idea!

  2. Stunning simplicity!!! I’ll be making some of these for sure!!
    Thanks for sharing this project on What’s Blooming This Week!!

  3. Beautiful. Thank You!

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